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Phillis Wheatley

Poet Phillis Wheatley

Profession: Poet

United States of America

Biography: Phillis Wheatley was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.

The publication of her "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral" (1773) brought her fame both in England and the American colonies leading to historical figures such as George Washington praising her work.

Born: May 8, 1753
Birthplace: , West Africa
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: December 5, 1784 (aged 31)

Married Life

  • 1778-04-01 Poet Phillis Wheatley (24) weds grocer and advocate for black rights John Peters

Historical Events

  • 1775-10-18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery

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